Martin Luther King, Jr. in a 1961 speech, quoted a 1947 report from the Committee on Civil Rights, which was established by President Harry Truman:
“The United States is not so strong, the final triumph of the democratic ideal not so inevitable that we can ignore what the world thinks of us or our record.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
Here is a graphic novel and comic book by U.S. Congressman John Lewis who has been on the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement for more than fifty years. Support the courageous representative by reading his book.
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